Every bookshop has a story.
The Bookshop Book explores bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I’ve-ever-been-to-bookshops.
Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that’s invented the world’s first antiquarian book vending machine.
And that’s just the beginning.
From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over two hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole).
“A good bookshop is not just about selling books from shelves, but reaching out into the world and making a difference.” David Almond
The Bookshop Book includes interviews and quotes from Ian Rankin, Tracy Chevalier, Audrey Niffenegger, Jacqueline Wilson, Jeanette Winterson and many, many others.
The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.
Published 2nd October 2014 Hardback £12.99 Ebook £9.99
Jen Campbell grew up in the North East of England, and graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in English Literature. She’s a published poet and short story writer and is also the author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops which was a Sunday Times bestseller. She lives in North London where she works at Ripping Yarns bookshop.